Legacy Pest Control uses integrated cockroach pest control techniques to eliminate a cockroach infestation successfully. Cockroaches are among the most challenging pests to exterminate due to their ability to hide, rapid reproduction rates, and their resistance/ avoidance of common insecticides.
Cockroaches can be found in the basements of Utah homes and lower levels of businesses. These pesky pests that can be found anywhere – in garbage receptacles or sewers. When these pests enter your home, you can be certain that their presence will bring with it a variety of harmful bacteria and viruses from said sewer/garbage heap! Plus, they come out of the woodwork when night falls into areas where food and water are stored. They become a health risk when they contaminate your home by walking on plates, cups, utensils, and food with what they carry on their bodies; or via droppings. Cockroaches can be a major contributor to asthma and allergies, which is especially problematic for young children.
These pests emit unpleasant odors, often produce sounds such as hissing or clicking noises or chirping noises, and have been know to chow down on just about anything!
If you see signs of cockroach infestation in your home, call the experts. We will get rid of them for good!
4 Most Common Types of Cockroaches in Utah
Around 4,000 species of cockroaches exist. About four types are most common in Utah are German Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, Brown Banded Cockroaches, and Oriental Cockroaches. And are frequently the reason people call for professional cockroach pest control services. These four breeds are all known for their unsanitary behaviors and high reproduction rates. Those characteristics combined mean that they can cause illnesses in humans. So, all four of the most common breeds of cockroaches in Utah are considered harmful pests.
The German and American cockroaches often live in the same spaces and are sometimes seen together in homes.Cockroaches are typically about a ½ inch, but some can get over 1 inch long!
The German cockroach (blattella germanica) is notorious as an extreme nuisance in homes throughout Utah and the United States. Cockroaches are very common in homes and multi-unit apartment properties, and the German cockroach breed is one of the most common of all. German cockroaches look similar to the Asian cockroach breed and may be mistaken for them. The German cockroach’s color ranges from medium to dark brown, and the insects measure around 10-15 mm in length.
The oriental cockroach (blatta orientalis) is sometimes called the black beetle or mistaken for a water bug species. This is due to its black color and its preference for damp areas. The oriental cockroach species measures about 1 inch in length (25 millimeters). The color of this roach breed ranges from dark brown to black. The species does not fly, but the males have relatively large wings that span about 75% of their body size and the females have much shorter wings.
The American cockroach (periplaneta americana) is the largest in body size of the four common roach types in Utah. This species measures an average length of 4 centimeters. It’s found in homes, commercial and industrial buildings, and in warm, damp surroundings. This breed is outnumbered in Utah only by the relentlessly breeding German cockroach. The American cockroach prefers outdoor living but often comes inside for food or shelter in bad weather.
The brown-banded cockroach (supella longipalpa) is a relatively small breed. The species gets its name from the double brown bands on the backs of the adults and breeders. The average size of these roaches is just 5 mm. These insects live their entire lives indoors. They’re similar in shape, size, and general appearance to the German cockroach. But, the brown-banded cockroach does not have the same pair of dark stripes on the upper thorax.
Signs of Cockroach Infestation in Your Home
Roaches are typically hidden during the day, which is why it’s critical to learn what to look for when they’re out. The following are the top five indicators of a cockroach infestation:
Droppings. A large quantity of feces, which may range from tiny pepper specks to tiny pellets, is a clear indication of a cockroach infestation.
Foul odors. Some roach species have been known to produce a musty, unpleasant odor that lingers and gets more powerful as the infestation grows.
Shed skins. Roaches’ skins are most often discovered in areas where cockroaches have taken refuge. Adults can discard their skin 5–8 times before reaching maturity.
Smear marks. When roaches walk on moist floors, they leave distinct brown, irregular-shaped smears on horizontal surfaces and wall-floor junctions.
Egg capsules. Roaches deposit their eggs in capsules. Often, people discover cockroach feces or eggs before they see the insects. These capsules can be segmented and contain up to 30 tiny roach nymphs. They frequently lay eggs in crevices, boxes of old clothes, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and other places that offer protection. Cockroaches typically lay their eggs in sheltered spaces that are warm, humid, and near food sources.
Property damage. Cockroaches are decomposers and will break down organic matter; and we’re not just talking food, they will chow down on paper, leather, glue, and more!
Living Roaches. If you see cockroaches coming out of drains or trash cans, or if you see them during the day, there may already be a major infestation.
You’ll know when to call an exterminator for roaches if you learn to recognize these indicators. To get rid of cockroaches without professional residential pest control services can be very difficult.
Cockroach Identification and Pest Control Facts
An important aspect of getting rid of a cockroach infestation is to know how they think and behave. Here are some thing you need to know about cockroach pest control:
- Entry: Cockroaches are accomplished hitchhikers and can get into your home or office by riding in boxes, grocery bags, and even on people. They can get in from outside through cracks, vents, and sewer/ drain pipes.
- Ideal Environment: Cockroaches prefer environments that are warm and humid. Cockroaches think your home is a perfect breeding ground due to the availability of nesting sites, warmth, food, and water.
- Reproduction: Cockroaches are known for reproducing quickly, and every cockroach you see may be an indication that many more are rapidly reproducing behind your walls.
- Scent Trails: Certain types of cockroaches, such as German Cockroaches, contain a pheromone in their fecal matter that tells other cockroaches that the area is a good place to harbor. Large numbers of cockroaches may gather in areas where cockroach fecal matter has accumulated.
- Nocturnal: Cockroaches tend to be creatures of the night, and if you see them running around during the day, that is a likely sign of cockroach overcrowding – which could indicate a severe infestation!
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Not only are cockroaches better at hiding than you are at finding them, but adults and even cockroach eggs are resistant to many over the counter insecticides.
Expert Cockroach Pest Control & Extermination Service in Utah
Cockroaches are a common problem in Utah and if you’re looking for a reliable pest control company who can take care of the issue, Legacy Pest Control is here to help. We have years of experience in exterminating cockroaches and other pests and use only the latest, most effective materials and techniques. Our services are safe for children, pets, and the environment, so you can rest assured that your family and home are in good hands.
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